Colin-on-Cars – New Land Cruiser revealed

Toyota has finally lifted the covers of the all-new Land Cruiser 300 that is build on a Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform that allows for a significant drop in mass to achieve greater efficiencies.

As the successor to the ‘200-series’, the all-new flagship Land Cruiser 300 has new petrol and diesel powertrains.

The exterior design shows a rectangular theme with a prominent front façade, while stylised light guides, alongside large horizontal slats with either black or chrome accents (model dependant), maximise the visual impact.

The U-shaped front radiator openings form an integral part of the design and create a solid appearance. In the rear, trapezoidal LED lamps help enhance the athletic look.

The two new engine options are a 3,5-litre twin-turbo Petrol V6 and 3,3-litre turbo-diesel V6. The petrol V6 is borrowed from the Lexus LS500 and delivers 305 kW of power and 650 Nm of tractive effort.

Outputs from the diesel engine are quoted as 227 kW and 700 Nm – representing a 32 kw increase and 50 Nm hike (versus the outgoing 4.5 turbo-diesel V8).

Both engine options are coupled to a 10-speed automatic transmission (with obligatory low-range included).

By using key TNGA design traits, pioneering new welding techniques and reconfiguring the drivetrain placement, the Land Cruiser 300 offers increased torsional rigidity while also being significantly lighter compared to its predecessor. The development team focussed on not only improving off-road capability, but on-road performance and driving comfort too.

Three grades will be offered locally; utility-minded GX-R, the urban-focussed ZX (replacing the VX-R) and off-road biased GR Sport. Each variant will feature a bespoke specification line-up, in accordance with usage and customer requirements.

Local introduction is set for August 2021. Click here to view first-reveal video.

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